6.1 out of 10

North Buckhead

Ranked 19th best neighborhood in Atlanta
33.8655125593488 -84.3692369060396
Great for
  • Eating Out
  • Internet Access
  • Schools
  • Childcare
  • Gym & Fitness
Not great for
  • Cost of Living
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Parking
  •  
  •  
Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  •  

Reviews

3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+
Editors Choice

"Buckhead Light"

This up-uptown neighborhood showcases Buckhead’s softer – but no less moneyed – side. Here, people are just more apt to spend their six-plus figure incomes on private school tuition, lake houses, renovations and garden-party-perfect landscaping at the hands of the largely Hispanic labor force who also make their home here (albeit in far more modest accommodations in marginalized stretches of town).

As you edge closer to the Perimeter, towering glass-sheathed high-rises cease to pierce the skyline. Neon fades, car stereos quiet, and the demographic shifts to settle primarily on either side of the 20 to 40 curve. Here you’ll find ample evidence of a different version of the good life – one involving weekly church appearances (spiritual, social, whatever – just be sure to let your neighbor see you tithing) rather than weekly rump shakings at that club-slash-lounge where so-and-so rapper was last seen. Although, for those North Buckheadians who still harbor a desire to resurrect their college years, Johnny’s Hideaway – a purposefully tacky groove joint billing itself as an “Atlanta Original” (whatever that means) is conveniently located crawling distance from a Waffle House just north of the Roswell-Piedmont split.

Nearby schools are, of course, top drawer; dining and shopping options are acceptable and well patronized (regular Buckhead is only a few minutes away, even with traffic, so the area need not overexert itself); and streets are mostly sheltered, quiet and well-maintained. Housing prices remain predictably high, although evidence of Atlanta’s deflated housing market is evident in half-constructed or clearly empty McMansion-esque oddities that sit, regrettably, on the former foundations of many a perfectly lovely circa 1970s brick ranch house.

By far my favorite North Buckhead feature is the Blue Heron Nature Preserve, a 25-acre natural area located off Roswell Road along Nancy Creek. Wooded trails, a community garden, a waterway that is just barely canoe-able after a few good rains, and a dedicated preservation and education staff make this an ideal spot to get away from the city without ever leaving it. Cheers!
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Dream Neighborhood"

Generally speaking, most of the top housing districts and subdivisions around the city of Atlanta are found to the north of then city. This holds true for North Buckhead. The neighborhood can be reached from Atlanta if you take Interstate 85 north, then merge over to Interstate 285, in which you are able to arrive to the subdivision.

The median income for a household in Buckhead is just over $120,000 (as compared to Atlanta's $50,000), and the average house in the city costs nearly $680,000, which is just about double of what you are going to find a house/condo in the downtown Atlanta vicinity costing.

The North Buckhead location is on the larger side, so there are several parks and recreation centers available for locals to use all year round, although it is most popular in the summer time. South baptist churches abound in the area, for anyone looking for a local church.

There are several nice boutique stores and family owned restaurants, if you are looking to support the local economy, but for larger named brand items and clothing, you need to head south towards Atlanta. There also aren't very many attract its to speak over, most of which are also located further south towards Atlanta.
Pros
  • lots of greenspace
  • elite
Cons
  • congestion during rush hour
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Millionaires & Nightlife...What's not to love?"

The neighborhood originally named, simply enough, after a customer of a local bar killed a buck (a male deer) and proceeded to mount its head on a pole there, the area become known as ‘Buck’s Head’. Now known as Buckhead, this area has changed in more ways than just its name. It’s at the heart and soul of Atlanta elite and their entourage. New mixed-use development is bringing more commercial enterprises to this red hot social center. It is also the official home of the Georgia Governor’s Mansion, and famous The Atlanta History Center.

Whenever my friends or family come to town, we make a b-line for Buckhead. Why?

It could be that they love to gawk at ridiculously massive mansions (and I mean this in a good way) on West Paces Ferry Road. Or, it may be their love for its proximity ritzy stores at Phipps Plaza, Lenox Square Mall, celebrity salons and spas, or the only Whole Foods Store in the area to my knowledge. Or it could be the endless selection of cafes and restaurants. Or, it may be the nightlife; in Buckhead there is no shortage of dance clubs and bar, which unfortunately attract the criminal element at night.

High rise, high ticket condos and mansions – what’s not to love?
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

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